Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Me & My Husband {Seventh Edition}

Filling out the questionnaire from this post.

Question 7: The dress: Was it what you always imagined? Did you have it made for you? White or ivory?  

I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted. I had no idea what kind of dresses would look good on my short body. I researched online and came across some things I liked but I did not think they would look that great and I was beyond cheap and was not going to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress I was only going to wear once. I went dress shopping one day and it was so discouraging. Every dress I tried on fit weird and weighed a TON! I was going to have to alter them all so much and it would cost even more money and there was no time to get the alterations done. I did learn through research and trying dresses on that I loved lace, I loved buttons and I loved sleeves down to my elbows. When I tried on my mom's wedding dress though it fit my body PERFECTLY. It was a tiny bit too long but with heels it would be great {I didn't end up wearing heels but it still worked out just fine :]} The one problem was my mom's dress looked like this {minus the train}: 

My mom got married in the 1980s and almost all of her sisters' dresses looked like this too. :] {My Aunt Paula made my mom's dress!}

Anyway, we changed quite a bit of it. My mom is a great seamstress and she helped make it just how I wanted it. We were able to leave most of the dress in tact. My sister-in-law Jasmine had the brilliant idea to cover the bottom of the dress with a lace skirt that could be removed and didn't ruin my mom's dress in any way. Launa Geren, from my home ward, helped to change the sleeves a little bit. She shortened them to elbow length and lined them so they weren't see through. Here is what my dress looked like after all the changes{I hope you're not all sick of the billions of pictures of my wedding!}:

 Race and my mom admiring my dress. 
I love the small details in the back. The buttons from my mom's original dress, the sash, the tiny little bow tying the tip top of the buttons together, the thing across the top to keep the dress on my shoulders. So many of the details were added for practical reasons but I love the way they came together and really gave my dress character.
 I love the lace you can see in the bottom of all of these pictures.

 My dress was perfect for twirling!
 This picture shows the gorgeous sleeves.
 This picture shows some of the top lacing details.
 Here's an up-close of the buttons on the back. And my man's sexy hands! ;]
And finally, here is the dress in its full beauty and glory!
I loved EVERYTHING about my dress! It came together better than I ever could have imagined and I know that I will love looking at pictures of it for years to come. I honestly hope that someday one of my daughters wants to wear it--even if she wants to change it all up too.

{Photos by Jessica Downey of Sierra Studios Photography}


  1. That explains your dress, it's so beautiful and unique. I wouldn't have imagined it coming from an 80s dress though.

    I was engaged before and had a wedding dress. Three weeks before our wedding I decided I couldn't wear it. My husband paid for it and I got the dress I remember seeing my freshman year of college and drooling over. I thought it was too expensive and I would never buy it. Well, I did...three weeks before our wedding. It was totally worth it.

  2. Yeah, we changed it up quite a bit. But I love how it turned out!!

    I think I got lucky with my dress because looking back I honestly think loving your dress is one of the most important things ever. So if it's gonna cost a lot then it's gonna cost a lot. I would have regretted it if I had gotten something I didn't love.

  3. Wow!! That is amazing!! I love your dress! :) and the best part is the story that goes with it. :) thanks so much for visiting my blog etc! I am now following!

  4. Your dress truly is stunning, maybe one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. That is so special that it was your moms too!

  5. Thanks Gentri!! I love your blog!!

  6. Thanks Clarissa! I really did love how unique it turned out :)

  7. Your dress is STUNNING! I love the detail and it really looks fantastic on you. Can't wait to hear more about the wedding :)

  8. Thanks!!! :) I LOVED it! And there are more posts all about it if you wanna check them out!

  9. Wow! That is seriously so cool that you wore your mom's dress. My mom's dress fit me really well... when I was 12! Then my chest got way too big. Ha! I had the opposite experience when I tried on dresses... I loved every single one! But I had to keep my budget {as little money as possible, basically} in mind, and ending up finding my perfect dress!

  10. Thank you for the link! So gorgeous!!! I adore it. We should pull out our dresses once a year just for fun. I want to wear mine again now!